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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi all, long time skier but newbie here. I have a soft shell(ibex) and an insulated jacket(patagonia) and am looking for a shell. My needs are for mostly resort inbounds with occasional through the gates runs. Im looking for a simple waterproof or mostly waterproof breathable shell, with a powder skirt, helmet compatibility, hopefully pit zips and a simple non robot/tron solid color looking design.

Ive narrowed it down thus far to the Cloudveil RPK and the Patagonia Primo flash shell. Love the RPK features but when I tried it on the collar seemed to rest just under my chin rather then wrapping the chin for comfort. Im aware that this jacket does "breaks in" a bit but really worried that it will start to chafe and cut my chin and be a hassle on the hill. Am I overthinking this, or is this a true "fit" issue that will this bug me sometime in January after i've dropped bucks for it?

Note i have this issue with my ibex but not with the patagonia mentioned above.

Any comments, suggestions or non-NF, brands would be apprecaited. The outdoor research shells look nice but i hate the two tone colors.
post #2 of 11
If you liked the RPK (with reservations), try on an Arcteryx Scorpion. Similar construction, i.e. GTex "soft shell", thin liner...
post #3 of 11
Check out the Patagonia Stash jacket. Simple, breathable, solid color, light weight. I like mine.

I've also owned a RPK3 jacket for... well this is season 4 in it. Solid and durable, it is VERY storm worthy and branch resistant, a tough jacket that has served me well.
post #4 of 11
Patagonia Primo Flash is about as nice as it gets.

I own an Arcteryx Sidewinder and a Patagonia White Smoke (hybrid softshell / hardshell), and the Arcteryx only comes out when the precip ain't fully frozen (rain or sleet). The Patagonia is just as warm, and so incredibly comfortable.

Arcteryx makes nice stuff, but Patagucci almost seems more luxurious. Probably also fits me better too.
post #5 of 11
I have a Patagonia Primo jacket from a few years ago. I probably have about 200 days in the thing, and it still looks brand new It's the only skiing jacket I own; it works beautifully for all conditions, from rain to blizzards, spring time to arctic blasts. I've hiked into slackcountry and in-bounds areas numerous times in it without overheating. Wind never penetrates, even when it's blasting at "this lift is shutting down" velocities. Pockets are huge, so if you like carrying stuff, you're all set.

Get one. You won't regret it.
post #6 of 11
I just bought this..I bought it because it is a bit of both insulated, and light
The collar does not bother the chin on mine.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/HYH...cket-Mens.html
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by LeeX View Post
I just bought this..I bought it because it is a bit of both insulated, and light
The collar does not bother the chin on mine.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/HYH...cket-Mens.html


just so you know,


Tech Specs:

Material: [Shell] 100% nylon Insulation: None Waterproof Rating: 10K
post #8 of 11
I used to think I needed a pow skirt on a ski jacket. But it turns out if you actually get a shell that fits correctly it is totally unnecessary.
post #9 of 11
Try this then, backcountry just did not list it..I checked it out pretty good before buying
http://www.simplypiste.com/ProductDe...?StockID=55783
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the suggestions one of my ski buddies just bought the primo in red....if it had pit zips i would havebought it already. Guess ill think about the black and try the rpk on again...cant ski in the same jacket-otherwise i might as well break the olin mark V and a pair of hansen boots-lol.

black with black pants.....lol just makes you want a nother pair of pants
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by kbuzz View Post
thanks for all the suggestions one of my ski buddies just bought the primo in red....if it had pit zips i would havebought it already.
Wow, that's amazing that Patagonia took the pit-zips out. Mine (admittedly a few years old now) certainly had them.
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